2011 European Pool Championships

The 2011 European Pool Championships was a series of professional pool championships that took place at the Steel Palace, in Brandenburg, Germany. The events were played between 23 March and 3 April 2011 were part of the European Pool Championships; and featured events for men, women and wheelchair players across four pool disciplines: straight Pool, eight-ball, nine-ball, and ten-ball. The tournament was hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation and organised by the International Billiard Promotion, with the final of the men's nine-ball event broadcast on Eurosport. Austria was the most successful nation, winning three events – all by Jasmin Ouschan. Jouni Tähti won two of the three wheelchair events, losing just one match in the final of the nine-ball tournament to Henrik Larsson.

2011 European Pool Championships
Tournament information
Dates23 March–3 April 2011
VenueSteel Palace
CityBrandenburg
CountryGermany
Organisation(s)European Pool Championships
Champions
Straight pool
Men'sPoland Tomasz Kapłan
Women's Austria Jasmin Ouschan
8-Ball
Men'sGermany Dominic Jentsch
Women'sNetherlands Kynthia Orfanidou
WheelchairFinland Jouni Tähti
9-Ball
Men'sNetherlands Nick van den Berg
Women'sAustria Jasmin Ouschan
WheelchairSweden Henrik Larsson
10-Ball
Men'sFrance Stephan Cohen
Women'sAustria Jasmin Ouschan
WheelchairFinland Jouni Tähti

OverviewEdit

The European Pool Championships are an annual series of pool tournaments for players in Europe which were first held in 1980.[1] The 2011 event was held between 23 March and 3 April 2011 at the Steel Palace in Brandenburg, Germany.[2] The series features events for four disciplines of pool – straight, eight-ball, nine-ball, and ten-ball.[1][2] Every event had a separate tournament for men, women and wheelchair competitors.[1] The event was hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation and organised by the International Billiard Promotion.[3]

The tournaments were played as a double-elimination bracket, with players qualifying for a single elimination knockout. Each discipline was played to a different length, with matches in straight pool being played to 125 points in the men's event, and 75 in the women's competition.[4][5] The eight and ten-ball events was played as a race–to–8 rack, with the women's and wheelchair as race–to–6 racks.[5] The nine-ball event was held as race–to–9 racks for the men's and juniors series, with women's and wheelchairs as race–to–7 racks.[6][5] The final and semi-finals of the nine-ball event was broadcast on Eurosport.[7]

Tournament SummaryEdit

 
Nick van den Berg won the men's nine-ball event.

The event began with the straight pool events held between 24 and 26 March for men and women.[8][9] The quarter-finals of the men's event featured three German players, but were all defeated.[10] In the semi-finals, Tomasz Kapłan defeated Petri Makkonen 125–102 and Fabio Petroni defeated Roman Pruchay 125–73.[11] Polish player Kaplan won the final, the first pole to win the event defeating Petroni 125–17.[12][9] In the women's event, defending champion Jasmin Ouschan reached the final for a second year, and won the event with a 75–31 win over Line Kjørsvik.[9]

The eight-ball event was played between 26 and 28 March. Dominic Jentsch of Germany won the men's event, defeating compatriot Ralf Souquet in the final, 8–1.[13] Dutch player Kynthia Orfanidis had previously reached two semi-finals, but won her first European championship by defeating Finland's Marika Poikkijoki in the women's eight-ball final 6–4.[14] In the first of three wheelchair events, the eight-ball tournament was won by Jouni Tähti, a 5–1 victory over Belgium's Kurt Deklerck in the final.[14]

The nine-ball event was held between 28 and 1 April,[5] with both the men's semi-finals and final broadcast on Eurosport.[15][16] Nick van den Berg defeated Huiji See in the first semi-final 9–7 in a match filled with mistakes, whilst Mario He defeated Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz 9–7.[15][16] In the final, the number one ranked player on the Euro Tour, van den Berg defeated He 11–3.[17][6] Both of the players who met in the final of the women's straight pool final, Ouschan and Kjørsvik contested the semi-final of the women's nine-ball event. Ouschan won again, this time in a 7–0 whitewash of Kjørsvik.[18] In the final she met Gerda Hofstätter who defeated Anastasia Nechaeva 7–4.[18] The all-Austrian final was won by Ouschan, 7–2.[19][20] In the wheelchair event, six-time European champion Henrik Larsson met Tähti in the final. Larsson lead 3–1 and 5–3 before winning the match 7–6 on a deciding rack.[20]

 
Jasmin Ouschan won three of the four women's events

The ten-ball event was only being held for the second time in the championships and was played between 30 March and 2 April. French player Stephan Cohen met Poland's Radosław Babica in the men's final, where Cohen won 8–6.[21][7] Ouschan won her third event of the championships in the women's ten-ball event, after she defeated Nataliya Seroshtan 6–1.[7] The wheelchair ten-ball event was a rematch of the wheelchair nine-ball final between Larsson and Tähti, with Tähti winning 5–1.[7] Ouschan was the event's most successful player, winning three events, the nine-ball, ten-ball and straight pool. She lost her only match of the championships in the quarter-finals of the eight-ball competition.[7] Tähti won two of the three wheelchair events, losing his only match in the final of the wheelchair nine-ball to Larsson 5–6.[22]

ResultsEdit

Date(s) Discipline Winner Runner-up Semi-finals Ref.
24-26 March Straight Pool (men)   Tomasz Kapłan (POL)   Fabio Petroni (ITA)   Petri Makkonen (FIN) [23]
  Roman Prutschay (RUS)
26-28 March Eight-ball (men)   Dominic Jentsch (DEU)   Ralf Souquet (DEU)   Denis Grabe (EST) [24]
  Carlos Cabello (ESP)
28-31 March Nine-ball (men)   Nick van den Berg (NLD)   Mario He (AUT)   Huidji See (NLD) [25]
  Francisco Sánchez (ESP)
30 March-2 April Ten-ball (men)   Stephan Cohen (FRA)   Radosław Babica (POL)   Manuel Gama (PRT) [26]
  Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
24-26 March Straight pool (women)   Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)   Line Kjørsvik (NOR)   Anna Mazhirina (RUS) [27]
  Silvia Lopez (ESP)
26–28 March eight-ball (women)   Kynthia Orfanidou (NLD)   Marika Poikkijoki (FIN)   Petra Stadlbauer (AUT) [28]
  Line Kjørsvik (NOR)
28–31 March nine-ball (women)   Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)   Gerda Hofstätter (DEU)   Line Kjørsvik (NOR) [19]
  Anastasia Nechaeva (RUS)
30 March–2 April ten-ball (women)   Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)   Natalia Seroshtan (RUS)   Anna Mazhirina (RUS) [29]
  Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)
26–28 March eight-ball (wheelchair)   Jouni Tähti (FIN)   Kurt Deklerck (BEL)   Aslam Abubaker (ENG) [30]
  Fred Dinsmore (IRL)
28–31 March nine-ball (wheelchair)   Henrik Larsson (SWE)   Jouni Tähti (FIN)   Roy Kimberley (ENG) [31]
  Tony Southern (ENG)
30 March–2 April ten-ball (wheelchair)   Jouni Tähti (FIN)   Henrik Larsson (SWE)   Roy Kimberley (ENG) [32]
  Aslam Abubaker (ENG)


Men'sEdit

Straight PoolEdit

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-final Semi-final Final
               
1   David Alcaide 125
32   Kasper Kristoffersen 77
  David Alcaide 88
  Petri Makkonen 125
17   Jo Graff 114
16   Petri Makkonen 125
  Petri Makkonen 125
  Oliver Ortmann 105
9   Oliver Ortmann 125
24   Francisco Sánchez] 39
  Oliver Ortmann 125
  Zoran Svilar 89
25   Zoran Svilar 125
8   Kim Laaksonen 54
  Petri Makkonen 102
  Tomasz Kaplan 125
5   Onur Yildrim 38
28   Manuel Edererer 125
  Manuel Edererer 125
  Valtteri Virtanen 22
21   Jim Chawki 63
12   Valtteri Virtanen 125
  Manuel Edererer 36
  Tomasz Kaplan 125
13   Tomasz Kaplan 125
20   Ruslan Chinakhov 57
  Tomasz Kaplan 125
  Huidji See 15
29   Albin Ouschan 20
4   Huidji See 125
  Tomasz Kaplan 125
  Fabio Petroni 17
3   Nick van den Berg 53
30   Sascha Tege 125
  Sascha Tege 125
  Niels Feijen 95
19   Laszlo Agics 100
14   Niels Feijen 125
  Sascha Tege 43
  Fabio Petroni 125
11   Sandor Tot 125
22   David Zalman 68
  Sandor Tot 122
  Fabio Petroni 125
27   Aki Heiskanen 121
6   Fabio Petroni 125
  Fabio Petroni 125
  Roman Pruchay 73
7   Serge Das 125
26   Jurgen Jenisy 26
  Serge Das 71
  Roman Pruchay 125
23   Roman Pruchay 125
10   Ralf Souquet 2
  Roman Pruchay 125
  Andreas Gerwen 89
15   Andreas Gerwen 125
18   Marco Lisnic 37
  Andreas Gerwen 125
  Artem Koshovyi 54
31   Tomas Larsson 48
2   Artem Koshovyi 125


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